Flint & Pitch Productions launched in June 2016, with the first events taking place in August 2016. From now until July 2017, we’re putting together a core, Creative Scotland funded event series of two different styles of show: seven late night Revue shows featuring spoken word and music, and four touring spoken word theatre shows.
In addition, Flint & Pitch will be teaming up with other institutions, venues and festivals to create bespoke events, including three magnificent Lyceum Variety Nights, which were conceived by the Artistic Director of the Lyceum, David Greig, and programmed by Flint & Pitch’s Jenny Lindsay.
We’re a wee operation with big plans, both for our core series and beyond, so keep an eye out for all of the forthcoming shows! In the meantime, meet the team behind all this spoken wordy, theatrey, musical goodness!
Jenny Lindsay started Flint & Pitch Productions as a way to continue some of the stellar work achieved by Rally & Broad, the events series she ran with Rachel McCrum from 2012 – 2016; particularly in achieving more national attention for spoken word and live literature acts based in Scotland. In addition, she is passionate about creating more infrastructure for spoken word theatre in Scotland, including bigger venues, a touring network for long-form spoken word shows, and more opportunities for sharing live work in professionally run spaces where artists are always paid for their performances, and a diversity of acts are given a stage.
As a passionate advocate of expanding the opportunities for spoken word in Scotland, Flint & Pitch Productions is the culmination of Jenny’s experiences as both a spoken word performer and events producer, who has been working, performing and promoting in Scotland for over a decade.
Jenny is responsible for all artistic programming and bookings; dealing with artists queries; responding to pitches; adminny goodness; buying of gin; occasional compering, and swearing at various spreadsheets. Follow Jenny @msjlindsay and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings, and email: email@example.com about anything above!
(Designer/ PR and Admin Assistant)
Cameron Foster is a freelance designer who also works as an Events Assistant for the Saltire Society. He designs all of the Flint & Pitch posters and flyers; as well as assisting with various administration behind the scenes. You can contact him about further freelance work by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
(Documentation/ Admin Assistant)
Chris Scott is a freelance photographer well-known for his documentation of literary events across Scotland. In addition to documenting all Flint & Pitch events, Chris also assists with event set-up and post-show admin. His work can be viewed here: and he can be contacted at email@example.com for freelance work.
KIRSTY LAW & IONA LEE!
(Event Assistants, The Flint & Pitch Revue)
Kirsty Law is a singer and song-maker based in Edinburgh. Iona Lee is a poet, performer and artist who is also the current Scottish Slam Champion. With Flint & Pitch, they assist with all of the set-up on the evening at the Flint & Pitch Revue shows at The Bongo Club; greeting acts, assisting with stage and venue set-up, manning the door and generally helping the night run smoothly! You can check out Kirsty’s site at www.kirstylaw.com – : and check out Iona’s work here https://ionalee23.wordpress.com/
(Co-compere of the Lyceum Variety Nights!)
Sian Bevan is a writer, comedian and compere who will be bringing her unique style of hosting to the Lyceum Variety Nights, co-compering with Jenny Lindsay. She is a wonderful host, and you can catch her at all three of the Variety Nights on Sun 6 November, Sun 26 February and Sun 4 June!
Also, for 2017, we’re delighted to welcome the occasional assistance of….
(Photo credit: Perry Johnsson)
Freddie Alexander is a writer and events organiser based in Edinburgh. He has been a coordinator of the Soapbox and Inky Fingers Open Mic, and in 2014 he hosted the second National UK University Poetry Slam. In 2016 he produced K/RK, a fortnightly performance and interview series focusing on UK Live Poetry. He has been a features journalist for Broadway Baby, and has been featured on other independent poetry blogs. With Flint & Pitch, Freddie will be conducting in-depth interviews with some of our featured acts over the coming months. Follow him on Twitter: @FredRAlexander
Flint & Pitch is also enormously grateful for the work of Bram E Gieben who assisted with PR in our first few heady months in 2016! An asset for any start-up, you can contact Bram at firstname.lastname@example.org for his excellent PR support.
Flint & Pitch’s core programme of shows benefits from the stellar support and collaboration of two excellent venues:
THE BONGO CLUB
(Home of ‘The Flint & Pitch Revue!”)
An Edinburgh institution, The Bongo Club is well known for their support of new ventures such as Flint & Pitch. Everyone from the bar staff, the sound technicians, the masterful tech and lighting from Jamie Heseltine, the security team led by Pete Woodhouse, and the management of Ally Hill and Andy Richardson, help make sure that The Flint & Pitch Revue shows are a great night out! Check out the Bongo’s full programme here: http://www.thebongoclub.co.uk/
THE SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE
(Home of ‘Flint & Pitch Presents….’)
The Scottish Storytelling Centre’s Netherbow Theatre is a perfect place to start to create a new hub and touring stop for spoken word theatre. An exceptionally enjoyable stage to perform on, the theatre is also a brilliant mid-sized theatre space for audiences to see new, emerging and established spoken word and storytelling. Flint & Pitch is particularly grateful to Daniel Abercrombie for fully supporting this new and exciting venture for spoken word in Scotland! Check out the SSC’s full programme here: http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre
HOW IS FLINT & PITCH FUNDED?
Flint & Pitch Productions is incredibly grateful to Creative Scotland for funded support towards the costs of our Revue and Presents shows from October 2016 – July 2017, as well as support towards the administrative costs behind the scenes.This award covers 63% of the costs of paying industry standard artists fees, travel, accommodation, venue hire, tech support, staffing costs, promotional costs, equipment costs and crucial administrative costs associated with these 11 core productions.
Flint & Pitch is also grateful for the amazing in-kind support offered by the Bongo Club and the SSC for these shows.
All Flint & Pitch’s core Revue and Presents events are match-funded by ticket-sales, so we are also extremely adoring of all the audience members we look forward to welcoming to the shows! For further information about the events, or to partner with Flint & Pitch on a future venture, please email Jenny at email@example.com.
And…. outwith our funded programme, we will also be teaming up with other venues and festivals throughout the year. One of these partnerships has been announced already, so please put your hands together for…
Under Artistic Director David Greig, the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh’s Grindlay Street has an ambitious and exciting programme lined up for 2016/17. Flint & Pitch was delighted to be asked to co-produce the Lyceum Variety Nights, three 7-act Variety events, opening the theatre up to new audiences, new artists, and new collaborations. This is one of the biggest stages that spoken word has ever seen in Scotland, and we are thrilled to be part of opening up this beautiful theatre to new audiences. Check out the Lyceum website for more.
And that’s us! Do show your support by following, sharing, attending, inviting, pitching your work, buying us gin, and in return, we’ll bring ye some incredible line-ups in some incredible venues. Bring on the adventures!
The Team @ Flint & Pitch
P.S: To answer a common question on the name:
‘Flint & Pitch’ is derived from the Dylan Thomas poem, I See The Boys of Summer.
We are the sons of flint and pitch.
O see the poles are kissing as they cross.
These lines stuck in the heid after a 2009 pub-chat with poet Kevin Cadwallander in The Windsor Buffet where he first introduced Jenny to this poem. It’s been swirling round the napper ever since. 🙂